DESPICABLE ME has become one of the most reliably inventive, funny and heart-warming of the children's animation franchises, and doesn't disappoint with this short, sharp three-quel.
Steve Carrel reprises his role as the reformed ex-villian Gru and Kristen Wiig as his wife Lucy. As the movie opens both are fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to apprehend Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) - a delusional former child-star intent on revenge on Hollywood. Gru sees a shot at still capturing Bratt when he meets his super-rich long-lost twin brother, Dru. Of course, Dru is a useless super-hero but he does have lots of cool gadgets. Meanwhile Lucy's story arc sees her try to become a mum to Gru's girls.
The resulting film is fast-paced, full of great action set pieces and lots of genuinely funny physical comedy. As usual, the movie works on a number of levels - with enough bright colours and silliness for the kids, and lots of 80s nostalgia for the grown ups. The use of 80s pop hits is particularly on point, and Corey Feldman must be suing for image rights!
DESPICABLE ME 3 is rated PG and has a running time of 89 minutes.